Motueka Eco Accommodation – Yurts, Eco-Village, Strawbale, Treehouse, Beach Huts

Motueka Eco Accommodation

Surrounded by luxurious, dense vegetation and fresh sea breezes, get ready to experience an unforgettable stay at one of these Motueka Eco Accommodation options. These Unique places to stay are a good starting point to discover the popular Nelson region and the Abel Tasman Park and immerse yourself in all the natural beauty and culture.

Choose Between a Mongolian Dome, Yurts, Strawbale Home, Rural Home with an eco-modern style, Treehouse, and Beach Huts. No matter what choice you make, one thing is sure, you won’t be disappointed. These unique Motueka accommodation spots are the ideal place to reconnect with nature and enjoy an ecological lifestyle. So, let’s discover together, some wonderful and Unique Motueka Accommodation.

Location: Mapua | Motueka | Nelson | South Island | New Zealand

Accommodation Type: Eco-friendly and Organic | Glamping and Yurts | Strawbale | Tree House

Map of Motueka:

Te Manawa Eco-Village

If you’ve ever wanted to stay in an Eco-Village then here’s your chance. High on a hill above Motueka Valley and River, the Treehouse Yurt Retreat and the Strawbale Eco Home are part of the Te Manawa Eco Village. Surrounded by 60 hectares of native bush, this tranquil and mellow environment offers peace and relaxation…

1. Treehouse Yurt Retreat – Glamping with Amazing Views

Te Manawa Eco-Village | Sleeps 4 | $

Best for: Spacious Mongolian Dome, Large Deck, Unique, Eco-Village

Secluded and Peaceful:

Treehouse Yurt Retreat is a traditional Mongolian dome, with comfortable and contemporary interiors, surrounded by native bush. This cool glamping experience offers a fascinating and panoramic view of Tasman Bay, the mountains and surrounding rivers.

There’s plenty of room in the Yurt for a double bed, single bed, sofas, dining table and chairs, beanbags and a cosy log burner. A recent addition next to the yurt is an expansive deck with outdoor dining, BBQ and the Treehouse that accommodates more bedding, fully equipped kitchen and bathroom. All up the Yurt and Treehouse accommodate 5 guests for a glorious forest holiday near the beach.

Your hosts, who live nearby should you need them, also offer lessons in the ancient art of QiGong in this serene setting.

Set in its own little clearing, the Treehouse and Yurt is a beautifully styled hideaway perfect for a relaxing break. Every need catered for. Would definitely recommend and hope to return to the Yurt next time.

Comment by Jenny

Top Tip: Don’t miss visiting the Riwaka Resurgence – a short walk to a fairytale cave and clear pool, a wahi tapu – sacred place for the people of Te Atiawa and Ngati Rarua

Treehouse Yurt Retreat is a wonderful opportunity to experience living in the wilderness. This style of sustainable and low-impact living is a clear statement about the ethos of Te Manawa Eco Village.

Good to Know : 

  • Two night minimum stay
  • Double bed and child’s bed in the yurt, double bed in the treehouse
  • Linen and towels provided and eco products in the bathroom
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Deck with a hammock and amazing views of Motueka and the ocean
  • Fast WIFI
  • Washing machine available
  • Parking on site with a short walk through flax and native bush
  • Check availability and prices at Treehouse Yurt Retreat

2. Unique Eco Home: Treehouse Retreat – Strawbale

Te Manawa Eco-Village | Sleeps 6 | $$$

Best for: Strawbale Holiday Home, Views, Eco-Village, Native Bush, Eco-Conscious Design

A Deck with Views of the Ocean

If you’ve always dreamed of sleeping in a straw bale eco-home then Unique Eco Home: Treehouse Retreat is the right place for you. This spacious and cosy strawbale home has three-bedrooms with panoramic views of the sea, rivers and mountains. 

FYI: Strawbale homes are built to be warm, comfortable and energy efficient. Straw is a sustainable and renewable material, with natural fire retardant qualities and is a great insulator, keeps the home warm in winter and cool in summer.

The handcrafted wooden furniture, earth-friendly furnishings and warm, curved walls of the home’s interior create a calm and inviting atmosphere. The bathroom is fully tiled with a large open shower and a bath with a wonderful view out to the native bush. You can relax all day on the deck with dining, BBQ and views across Motueka and the Abel Tasman Bay

What’s Nearby?

Unique Eco Home: Treehouse Retreat is only 8kms from lovely sheltered Kaiteriteri Beach with safe swimming, foodie places, bike and kayak hire. It’s an excellent opportunity to admire Kaiteriteri Beach’s sunset and enjoy the sounds of the sea. Feel the sand squish slowly through your toes as you walk down the beach with no care in the world!

“One of the loveliest stays ever! This property & its surroundings exceeded our expectations”.

Comment by Leonie

Unique Eco Home: Treehouse Retreat is a calming strawbale holiday home where you can relax in a nature-friendly atmosphere and reconnect with nature.

Good to know :

  • Two night minimum stay
  • Three bedrooms and one bathroom. Upstairs master bedroom with king-size bed, two bedrooms on the ground floor, each with a double bed. Six people can sleep at the accommodation
  • Linen and towels provided. Washing machine in the bathroom
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Fireplace and heater are available
  • Fast WIFI
  • Check availability and prices at Unique Eco Home: Treehouse Retreat

Eco Motueka Accommodation in Mapua:

3. Stunning Rural Eco-home near Mapua Seaside Village, not far from Abel Tasman: Copper Gate

Mapua | Sleeps up to 9 | $$

Best for: Luxury Holiday Home, Bikes for Great Taste Trail, Farm Animals, Playground

Stylish Country Escape:

Located in the heart of landscaped farmland, Copper Gate Eco-Home is a luxury architecturally-designed holiday home, near Mapua seaside village. The designers have adopted an irreproachable ecological attitude with solar panels, superinsulation and summery open design, all surrounded by organic orchards.

All these characteristics make Cooper Gate the ideal nature escape for couples and families. Your children will have fun times in the playground, chasing chickens and feeding the sheep. If you feel like a night out at one of Mapua’s fantastic restaurants, Copper Gate has a list of babysitters. Also, the property is fully fenced, and generally, the owners are never too far away. 

Great Taste Trail – a Must Do!

Copper Gate has mountain bikes and electric bikes plus route guides and plenty of storage if you plan on biking this popular bike trail. Great for all levels of fitness you can bike the whole trail or parts of it – catch the Mapua Ferry, bike past beaches, wineries, forests, rivers, hills, Rabbit Island. Here’s a map with ride times: https://www.heartofbiking.org.nz/assets/brochure/NTCTT_Map-Brochure_Sept20_FA.pdf

“Well designed and beautifully appointed ( thanks to Adele’s flare for decor), it is maintained to a very high standard allowing us to feel totally relaxed. The house has everything you need and more, with many beautiful treasures dotted throughout.”

Guest Comment

Copper Gate eco-house is the perfect Motueka eco accommodation in the country with everything you need, in stylish, ultra-modern design. Also, there’s a high chance you’ll fall in love with the French doors that offer splendid views of the sea and the valley. 

Good to know:

  • Four bedrooms and two tiled bathrooms
  • One king bed, one queen bed, one twin bed, futon and one child’s bed
  • Fully equipped kitchen and open-plan living
  • Long weekend minimum stay
  • Heater, washing machine and free WIFI available
  • Cleaning fee and a charge for linens
  • Check availability and prices at Copper Gate

4. The Treehouse – Kaiteriteri Holiday Home

Inland from Ngaio Bay, Kaiteriteri | Up to 7 Guests | $$$

Best for: Modern and Stylish, Bush Setting, Spacious, Near Kaiteriteri

Tranquil Retreat:

With a nod to Japanese and Swedish design elements The Treehouse – Kaiteriteri Holiday Home sits in pristine native bush close to the coastal lifestyle of Kaiteriteri. Less than a kilometre to Ngaio Bay Beach with little Ngaio Island standing watch over this lovely golden sand bay.

The house has plenty of room for everyone with three bedrooms, two tiled bathrooms and views from every room through huge windows to the dense bush. When you’ve had fun swimming and kayaking at the beach escape to this tranquil bush setting high in the trees.

Loved being in the trees. Very peaceful and private.

Guest comment

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5. Appleby House and Rabbit Island Huts – Cool Stay!

Appleby, Mapua | Glamping and Huts for 2, House for 6+ Guests | $$+

Best for: Coastal Cool Huts, Glamping, Fire Pits, Near Great Taste Trail

Stylish and Fun:

If you’re looking for a unique Motueka accommodation then Appleby House and Rabbit Island Huts is the place for you. Gorgeous stylish huts, glamping tent and a beautiful designer house with boutique-style hotel rooms and en-suites. They all sit on 25 acres of paddock facing Rabbit Island and the coast, overlooked by Mount Richmond Forest Park. You’ll have a chance to admire a 360° natural view from your little hut!

Appleby House and Rabbit Island Huts are set on the Waimea Plains on the road to Rabbit Island, Golden Bay and the Abel Tasman National Park. One of New Zealand’s great walks – be sure not to miss this!

In a wild and unspoiled environment, Appleby is located near everything! You have access to Rabbit Island’s 13 km of beach, country wineries, equestrian park, Rough Island hiking and biking tracks and the Waimea Estuary for birdwatching. You’re also only 200 metres from the Nelson Great Taste Trail for bike adventures. The Mapua Ferry operates from Rabbit Island during the summer months and takes bikes.

Appleby House and Rabbit Island Huts offer luxurious and comfortable huts, each designed to fully enjoy nature. Some have en-suites and some share luxury bathrooms. A shared kitchen is available if you feel like cooking. And when you feel like doing nothing why not sit around one of the outdoor fires and star gaze!

“I loved everything about this property!! The views, the atmosphere! We had a nice stay. I am very impressed and would 100% be back when I’m over that way again. Thank you.”

Comment by Katherine

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I hope you enjoyed this list of Motueka Eco Accommodation Options: Yurt, Eco-Village, Organic and Treehouse. I invite you to comment below and share your experiences, impressions and thoughts about these beautiful ecological places. I look forward to reading them.

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